PipeChat Digest #41 - Thursday, August 21, 1997

(back) Subject: Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC From: rmb10@mindspring.com (Monty Bennett) Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 06:56:45 -0500   Dear List- Well, as the organist at Calvary Church, I have the privilege of making music on the fabulous 205 rank organ in our sanctuary. The sanctuary is definitely not dead, although it doesn't have the reverberant acoustics of a cathedral built of stone. The acoustics were designed to have about 2 seconds of reverb, even with the acres of carpeting in the aisles (under the pews, the floor has ceramic tile) and with the pews that are padded on the front and back. Luckily for me, at my concert on Sunday night, it was very humid outside, which added to the reverberation time. What people need to remember is that our church is not a *regular* church....with approximately 6,000 seats, and 2.5 million cubic feet of air in the sanctuary, it is not a small room, but eventhough there is a lot of sound absorbing material in the room, there are A LOT of reflective surfaces. Stephen pointed out that on either side of the organ case, the front wall is paneled in marble, and the platform is hardwood, both helping in the reflection of sound. The room and the organ were designed to go hand in hand, and that is why, unless all chamades are on at 16, 8, 4, the organ just envelops you with a wash of sound, and really doesn't get oppressively loud. That is not to say, though, that the organ is quiet....quite the opposite! With a room the size of ours, the sound has space to bloom, so it doesn't have an "in your face" kind of edge to it, eventhough the organ is voiced on high wind pressures. If you are ever in the Charlotte area, email or call me, and I'd be glad to set up a time for you to play the organ and hear how wonderfully our room and organ work together. I am truly blessed to be able to have the privilege of playing such a magnificent instrument daily in a room with great acoustics, and a congregation that appreciates what a fabulous instrument they have!     Monty Bennett Assoc. Minister of Music/Organist Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC      
(back) Subject: Songwriter??? From: danbel@earthlink.net Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 05:22:28 -0700 (PDT)   Would it be possible that anyone would know the composer/publisher of a standard tune called "I Don't Know Why" ?? It goes "I don't know why, I love you like I do"....etc.   Any help would be appreciated greatly!! :)   Dan Bellomy    
(back) Subject: Re: Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC From: "Terry Charles" <tcorgans@imsweb.net> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 08:35:28 -0400   Monty,   Thanks for the exacting on this thread - too many guessers out there.   Come to Florida and visit the Kirk when you can!   Terry Charles  
(back) Subject: Re: Songwriter??? From: "Terry Charles" <tcorgans@imsweb.net> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 08:37:51 -0400   "I Don't Know Why", a love ballad from 1931 words were from Roy Turk, but the tune came from Fred E Ahlert.   Terry Charles   Ps...Dan, YOU should've known!      
(back) Subject: Re: Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC From: SCoonrod@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 09:00:12 -0400 (EDT)   Monty--   I'm so glad to hear the good news. In other words, there is not as much doctoring of the recordings as I had been led to believe. More power to you and your colleagues there. I'm all in favor of the type of recordings you are putting out. Very enjoyable listening, and excellent playing! Keep them coming.   RandyT  
(back) Subject: Calvary Church Moller and its acoustics From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 15:48:25 -0400 (EDT)   In a message dated 97-08-19 18:09:26 EDT, you write:   << How were the acoustics (live?) The recordings of this instrument are glorious, but I've heard reports that actually the room is quite dead. I was upset when a friend who had heard it in person was so negative, because I am quite fond of Moller's last few years of work. RandyT >>   Hello.   I have played that organ many times as my parents live in the subdivision right across the street from Calvary Church. I have played it in a solo concert and with Tom Hazleton in a duo concert .The organ is nothing short of glorious and the room is by no means dead. Yes- there is carpet and there are seat cushions, but the room is so mammoth and the amount of cubic air space is so huge that there is a very nice, warm resonance in there and the organ does "ring" out when it is played. It is a "warm" sound overall, and the beauty of it is, despite the enormous room- the organ has clarity and presence. WELL worth experiencing in person!   Scott Foppiano  
(back) Subject: Re: Go for sound first, not personality From: "Paul F. Stapel" <pstapel@spectra.net> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 23:13:50 -0400   At 04:21 AM 8/20/97 -0400, Steve Skinner wrote: > >When I was an organ consultant, I insisted often and loudly to the committee >that they were to listen to the organ, NOT the salesman.   Mond 8/20/97   As one of those salesmen, I couldn't agree more... my long range future reputation depends on long term satisfied clients .. although the sound alone may not be the only decision they have to mull over, the fact that I'm a reasonable guy only helps keep a door open.. the product is what wins!   Paul Stapel WICKS Organ Company Binghamton, NY 607 773 1495    
(back) Subject: Calvary Church Moller (Charlotte NC) From: OrgGrinder@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 23:16:53 -0400 (EDT)   Hi List! OK, ok, I've come out of the "lurking closet" to add to the discussion of something near and dear to my heart :-)   (FYI, I was the organist at Calvary Church 1985-1995, and since '95 I've been the Minister of Music there. Monty Bennett is our Associate Minister of Music/Organist since '95. I was on the design team, with Fred Swann and the Moller guys.)   Yes, this organ is a sight to behold, a treasure to hear, and an unforgettable experience to play. I think it still ranks as the world's 13th largest pipe organ, and history's largest all-new organ ever built. The organ's size and scope was/is necessary because of the spacious 2.5 million cubic feet room (same cubic airspace as Crystal Cathedral, but we have more seating, approx 5700 seats), and the wide variety/blend of music styles at Calvary necessitates the eclectic specs.   Monty did an outstanding job at his concert last Sunday night, effectively incorporating all styles of music (as you mentioned) and using registrations ranging from classical to theater (loved "Tico, Tico!!") to MIDI.   David German (Minister of Music at Calvary '84-95 and composer of the famous "Festive Trumpet Tune") and I specified an acoustic reverberation decay of 3.5 seconds at mid-frequency; and we are grateful our request was realized. I have found that the room's humidity affects the reverb; the higher the humidity, the longer the reverb. This request of 3.5 seconds reverb was our preference for a satisfactory level for traditional music, contemporary music, and the spoken word.   BTW, the organ case is 60 feet wide by 60 feet tall.   To view Calvary Grand Organ photos and drawknob layout, see its website at: http://wcbi.com/organs/laird/calvary/index.html or type in <Calvary Grand Organ> in your search engine.   For information on CDs of the Calvary Grand Organ, go to: http://wcbi.com/organs/laird/calvary/calv_cds.html which also includes a few samples from the CDs!!   As we have stated before on PipOrg and the April '91 issue of TAO, we have a very friendly and open policy for organists to visit and take the Moller for a test-spin. All we ask is you contact us in advance!   Chord-ially yours,   Dan Miller OrgGrinder@aol.com      
(back) Subject: ACCHOS From: "Peter Lenox" <PLenox@msn.com> Date: Thu, 21 Aug 97 03:59:19 UT   Dear Friends of the "King of Instruments":   As you well know, there is an organization called "The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ", devoted to the maintenance and welfare of the Grand Court Organ in the former Wanamaker Department Store in Philadelphia, PA. The organ there is one of the largest in the world, and is a national historic landmark, well-known for its beautiful sonorities and active history in the pipe organ world. Approximately 70 miles southeast of Philadelphia is the other of the world's largest organs, located in the Atlantic City Convention Hall, on the boardwalk, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Contained therein is the 1929 7-447 Midmer-Losh pipe organ, which boasts, among other things, the world's most powerful stops, which resonate at 100" of wind pressure, and the world's tallest pipes, belonging to the Pedal Organ's 64' Diaphone Profunda! The Covention Hall also contains, in its Ballroom, a fine theater organ: a four-manual Kimball pipe organ. Unfortunately, time and lack of adequate care has caused these magnificent instruments to fade from their original splendor and glory. The mammoth Midmer-Losh organ has suffered from the lack of an adequate maintenance crew and attention from Atlantic City officials and is in need of care. This great organ, once fully operational, is currently only partially playable, but has the potential to once again take its rightful place among the higher ranks of renown in the pipe organ world. Thus, this letter announces the formation of the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society (ACCHOS). Founded by Mr. Stephen D. Smith, the aims of the Society will include:   - Creating a greater awareness of, and interest in, the Atlantic City Convention Hall organs, - Promoting the instruments through newsletters, magazine articles, recordings, etc. - Providing information, re. each organ's present condition - Raising money towards the cost of repairs and maintenance - Updating members about current work being undertaken on the instruments - Arranging an annual ACCHOS meeting at the Convention Hall - Organ recitals at the Convention Hall   The Society is currently in the process of being recognized by the Federal Government as a non-profit organization, and effort is being made towards the establishment of a Constitution. You may join, at no intitial cost. There is no cost for membership until we are established as a non-profit organization, at which time you may discontinue your membership, if so desired. If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming a member of the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society, please send me:   - your name, address, and telephone number - your E-Mail address - your birthday   Please also list any way in which you can help furthur the ACCHOS and its noble cause. There are already 50 members of the ACCHOS, and the numbers are growing. Those who become members are assigned numbers which are allotted to the organ's stop number (for example, stop #9 is the infamous Grand Ophicleide, which resonates on 100" of wind pressure). Our monthly newsletter, "The Ophicleide", will inform you as to developments and progress. Thank you for your attention and interest in the ACCHOS. Once this great organ is restored, it will once again proclaim to the world the reason why the organ remains the "King of Instruments"!     Sincerely,   Peter F. Lenox President Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society 100 East Wynnewood Road Wynnewood, PA 19096 (610) 667-3394 E-Mail: PLenox@msn.com   (please include my name on all correspondence sent to this address) (when calling, please ask for Peter Lenox)